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January 10-12 Russian Christmas in Dorset

  • Jan 10, 2014 · 6:00 PM

It became a tradition since we first organised Russian Christmas Jan[masked] in Wales.

Here you may see the photos from the last trip

It has been very popular though all 3 years and people loved it...

Thirteen days after Western Christmas, on January 7th, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its Christmas, in accordance with the old Julian calendar. It's a day of both solemn ritual and joyous celebration. Before this date, Orthodox Russians fast for six weeks. This Fast is completely vegetarian and requires that there must not be any parties or gatherings. 

After the 1917 Revolution, Christmas was banned throughout Russia, along with other religious celebrations. It wasn't until 75 years later, in 1992, that the holiday was openly observed. Today, it's once again celebrated in grand fashion, with the faithful participating in an all-night Mass in incense-filled Cathedrals amidst the company of the painted icons of Saints. Christmas in Russia is associated with a number of other practices, which represent a blend of tradition from Russia's Christian and pre-Christian past. It was once common practice, on Christmas Eve, for groups of people masquerading as manger animals to travel from house to house singing songs known as kolyadki. Some kolyadki were pastoral carols to the baby Jesus, while others were homages to the ancient solar goddess Kolyada, who brings the lengthening days of sunlight through the winter. In return for their songs, the singers were offered food and coins, which they gladly accepted before moving on to the next home.

Prior to Christmas Day, there is Christmas Eve, which marks the start of an old Slavic holiday, Svyatki, in which young women used a mirror and candles to invoke the image of their future husbands. Like going to church, fortune-telling on Christmas Eve is again becoming popular in Russia.

We plan to start our celebration on Friday evening, the festivities will begin as soon as you have arrived. There will be some Slavic dishes to try...

We plan have a nice refreshing hike on Saturday ( for those who want to and well equipped for winter outdoor), keep our festive time going on Saturday evening and have a small concert after dinner organised by us , followed by the late night party.

You are welcome to participate in the concert if you like and can perform something like: some song, dance, small show; may be a poem; what ever you are good at...

just let me know please so we can put it in a programm.

Last year, almost  everyone made an effort and it was unforgetable...we even had a drunk Santa Claus fight...

There will be a shorter hike on Sunday, finishing around 2-3 pm, pub and leaving for London at about 4 pm.

Dorset is a county of great beauty, a land of contrast and breathtaking scenery. It is one of the maritime counties of southern England, fronting the English Channel which separates the United Kingdom from mainland Europe. Its coastline extends some 140 kilometers from Lyme Regis in the west to Christchurch in the east, and offers a selection of the finest sandy beaches to be found in the British Isles

The award winning heritage coast begins in Poole Harbour (experts debate whether this is actually the world's largest natural harbour), and includes the Purbeck coastline which is the site of special nature reserves and countryside/marine parks. Traveling westwards, equally spectacular is the Chesil Bank, a barren pebbled beach, stretching 25 kilometers from Weymouth to Bridport. This, with the internationally famous Abbotsbury Swannery, is a photographer's paradise, and a sea captain's nightmare!

We rented privately 3 star YHA hostel for 2 nights just for our group.

This is a spacious and elegant Victorian house, overlooking the sea bay. It's an ideal base from which to explore the incredible Jurassic Coast and the beautiful countryside of Purbeck.













We will stay in male and female rooms for 4 and 6 people. All bed linen is provided.

Dining Room/Lounge
The dining rooms seats 60 in adjacent areas. The lounge is an elegant, oak panelled room with sofas, chairs and a television with DVD player.

There are 11 showers and 12 toilets. Please bring your own towels. 

High cliffs, long sandy beaches, rolling heath and ridge walks in this AONB. Durlston Country Park. Steam train to Corfe Castle. Arne RSPB Reserve near Wareham. Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum at Wool.

We are going to have at least 3 hike leaders on this trip.

The walks/hikes will be planned according our abilities, fitness and the weather. Every day there will be 3 hikes on offer to choose from. The route decisions will be made on the day before or in the morning on the day.

We can not tell you the plans now, a lot depends on the weather.

Price includes:

2 nights accommodation,

Financial Consumer Protection according Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992,   

guided hikes by Mountain Leader trained at Plas Y Brenin ( The National Mountain Centre ) guides, and certified First Aiders

and all meals

(AAA aims for home-made healthy food, catered for vegetarians, vegans and anybody else. Meat we use for our meals is always Halal)

but NOT transport.


Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance.

The BMC:

offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates.

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  • Sybrand

    Brilliant weekend! What more to wish for?
    I put some of my pictures on my Flickr:

    5 · January 13, 2014

    • Tatiana

      Great photos Sybrand!

      January 15, 2014

  • Timbo

    Awesome group of people, great weather, fantastic food what more could anyone want?

    January 14, 2014

  • Kieron D.

    Just as good second time around :-) I repeated my hike from 2 years ago and got to the top of Adlestone rock :-) Loved the party despite my 2 month cough :-) Great stuff in every way. As Misha says 'It's not just the organising team that makes a great weekend, it's everyone. Thanks everyone :-)

    January 13, 2014

  • richard g.

    Thank you all for an amazing weekend.can't wait for the next one.loved the entertainment Saturday night,especially the dancing from Andrea and Conchi ;) see you soon.

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Conchi

      Ha ha, thanks! The dance wasn't even planned on my end, it was an impromptu performance ;-)

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • Tatiana

    Thank you Misha for a great weekend away and specially for organising beautiful weather for Saturday hike :) And thank you everyone for a fun and entertainment! :)

    1 · January 13, 2014



    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Laura

    A great bunch of people in the group on this trip! Loving to see everybody partying after a wonderful days hike and up again for more walking the next morning. Thanks to all! :)

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • David D

    A great AAA weekend!, this Russian Xmas has been so much fun! Thank you all for making it possible! :)

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Andrea

    Fantastic weekend with great people, superb food, fantastic hikes and weather. Looking forward to the next trip :-) Thank you Misha and team!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Dong

    It was my first time experienced Russian Christmas celebration. I enjoyed it and had great time on the trip. Thank you all.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Jane C.

    Thank you Misha and co for a great weekend - fabulous walking, lovely people, great food and a very funny party. Best wishes xx

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Judy

    A great weekend with a friendly, fun bunch of people. Misha's food was as good as ever as was the brilliant entertainment and we were so lucky with the weather. Thank you everyone!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Federica

    FAB, FAB, FAB!!!! Such a Fun....!!!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Diana

    Thanks for a great weekend, Misha and a fantastic walk on Saturday Timbo

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Shazad J.

    Had a lovely weekend thank you to very body that was there!! X

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Ingela

    As brilliant as ever. Beautiful Dorset coastal walking, nice friendly group of people, delicious food and wonderful January weather. Thanks Misha & team

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Sofia

    One of my favourite weekends of the year, and this year it did not fail to please. Loved the group, everyone was amazing. Thank you Misha, Diana and Tania (junior) for all the work you put into the weekend. Thank you to my lovely gang for ruling the dance floor; we had such a laugh rehearsing the performance. Was lovely to meet a few new faces, and of course always great to reunite with the familiar hiking buddies! Hope to see you all soon!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • hans

    I had a fantastic weekend with good friends! The quality of the Russian food was excellent. Thanks to Misha and team (Tatiana, Mike, and others)!

    1 · January 12, 2014


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    August 30, 2013

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